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Openings This Week: CT | First Thursdays, SA’s Biggest Pop-up Retail Event and a Zapiro Book Launch

It’s a busy week for Cape Town’s galleries, with multiple must-see exhibition openings daily. Here are the details:


Tuesday, 3 June


Off The Wire, Including a Statesman at Work, Nic Bothma’s debut solo photographic show opens at Erdmann Contemporary’s new space


Nic Bothma


This body of work consists of works from various stages over the last 25 years including images from early in his career when he documented Nelson Mandela from the time of his release and through his term of office in the 90’s. Bothma was starting to work with his old negatives and transparencies and after coming across many images of Mandela that had never been published, or rarely seen before, he decided to exhibit in order to pay tribute to the man that had influenced him to become a photojournalist.


Also pop into the brand new Blah Blah Bar some time, a project space in collaboration with the Erdmann Contemporary gallery, merging art and entertainment, with a focus on light and sound.


84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town at 6pm.


See the Facebook Event for more info.


Find the Blah Blah Bar on Facebook for upcoming performances and collaborations.



Wednesday, 4 June


A Lunch-time Photography Talk at Erdmann Contemporary




Erdmann Contemporary will be hosting talks where tertiary institution students are invited to discuss the evolving nature of photojournalism with industry professionals. The aim is to stimulate conversation between those entering the industry and those already established in it.


The Blah Blah Bar, a project space in collaboration with the Erdmann Contemporary gallery, just opened up. This space merges art and entertainment, with a focus on light and sound.


84 Kloof Street at 1pm.


See the Facebook Event for more info.


Find the Blah Blah Bar on Facebook for upcoming performances and collaborations.



Democrazy, Zapiro’s Greatest Hits launches at City Hall




Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street at 5:30pm


See the Facebook Event for more info.



Thursday, 5 June (aka First Thursdays)


Wild & Still: Expressions of the Landscape, a solo exhibition by Janet Botes opens at StateoftheART Gallery


Janet Botes


At a time of turmoil and ennui within the current political and social landscape of our country, Janet has chosen to explore personal and emotional responses in the context of  our environment. ‘Wild & Still’ refers to this duality; personal responses of fear versus contemplation and appreciation for nature – whilst  alluding to these characteristics within ourselves, as individuals.


61 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town at 6pm.


Performance Art at 7pm.


Artist Walkabout and Performance on 14 June at 11am.



Tow Aways Zine Launch and a Group Photography Exhibition happens at Clarke’s The Pit


The Pit


Lani Spice launches her photo zine titled Tow Away, showcasing analog work from local photographers. The Group Photography Exhibition tells the story of the space, the people and what goes on in their lives beyond Bree Street. Artists include Black Koki, Ello Weezi, Melissa Williams, Dewald Bruwer, Thys Lötter, Andrew Turpin, Jess James Harris, Lyndall Maunder, Danielle Clough, Laura Windvogel, Leon Bester, John Alex Second, Donovyn Le Roux, Justin Poulter, Thomas Pepler, Adriaan Louw, Juliette Raymer, Pauline Anne, Kent Lingeveldt, Natalie Pereira, Anke Loots Alexia Webster and more.


The Pit, behind Clarke’s, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town at 5pm.


See the Facebook Event for more info.



The Cape Gallery’s Annual Winter Solstice Exhibition Opens


The Cape Gallery


Threshold, the title of the 2014 Winter Solstice exhibition, considers the idea of an actual or perceived paradigm shift. Participating artists include Tania Babb, John Bauer, Paul Birchall, Leon de Bliquy, Hardy Botha, Kitty Dörje, Derek Drake, Gary Frier, Ann Gadd, Rae Goosen, Margot Hattingh, Niel Jonker, David Kuijers, Christopher Langley, Jen Lewis, B. Ernest Manfunny, Peter Meikle, Sue Meyer, Xolile Mtakatya, Tanya Nockler-Golding, Sheila Petousis, Uwe Pfaff, Michele Rolstone, Jan Uitlander, Peter van Straten, Mandla Vanyaza, Aidon Westcott, Judy Woodborne.


60 Church Street at 5:30pm.


See the Facebook Event for more details.





Off the Wall, A Wallpaper Exhibition by C20 Galerie at The Cabinet


C20 Galerie celebrates the lost art of handmade wallpaper from Deco to décor with a rare collection of genuine Art Deco wallpaper that dates back to the early 1920s. The month-long exhibition will feature never-seen-before designs by important period artists, as well as information on the designs themselves covering the origins and histories of each piece. In addition, collectible pieces of mid-century furniture from the C20 Galerie showroom will also be on display.


The Cabinet, 64A Wale Street at 5pm.


More about this exhibition at C20 Galerie and The Cabinet.



Seneka’s first solo show opens at Woodstock Exchange




Seneka is an artist from Cape Town who works with paint and sound.


The Woodstock Exchange, 66 – 68 Albert Road at 5pm.



Pattern on Print, the first solo exhibition Renée Rossouw opens at The Black Box Gallery




The show explores the graphic art that inspired the designs for her current pattern range titled Liquorice 2014. It features artworks consisting of colourful geometric composites put together as collage and then refined to create the end result.


52 Church Street at 5pm.



Goddo Supiido, an exhibition of limited edition artist bandanas takes place at The House of Machines


Goddo Supiido


The House Of Machines in connection with First Thursdays bring you an exhibition of limited edition artist bandanas taking inspiration from adventure, speed, and Tokyo biker gangs. Artists include Gerhard Human, Daniel Ting Chong, Jade Klara, Emma Cook, Adam Hill, Simon Berndt, Dani Loureiro, Hanno Van Zyl, Ninjabreadboy, Manuela Gray, Alice Edy


Proceeds go to the “Ride for Larry Pierce” charity.


84 Shortmarket Street at 6pm.


The Facebook Event has more info.



Kamers and CCDI Trading at the Castle, the biggest pop-up retail event in SA


CCDI & Kamers


Cape Town’s original place of trade – the historic 17th century Castle on the Foreshore – will shortly be a place of entrepreneurship and trading once again. However, instead of wares such as vegetables and livestock, the products on sale will be exquisite handmade goods from 110 craft producers and designer makers. The Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI) has teamed up with Kamers for this huge retail pop-up event, part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme (#265).


Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant Street, Cape Town on Thursday 5 June from 10am-6pm, Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June 10am-8pm, Sunday 8 June 10am-3pm.


Tickets sold at R60 for adults, R40 students and pensioners, children under 18 free.


See the Kamersvol Geskenke Facebook Page for more info.



Friday, 6 June


Imagina na Copa (Imagine the Cup) by Yazeed Kamaldien screens at Erdmann Contemporary




Photojournalist, Yazeed Kamaldien recently returned from Brazil where he documented the protests that arose in response to the Fifa Soccer World Cup.


Kamaldien will be present at the screenings.


84 Kloof Street on Friday at 6pm and Saturday at 6:45pm.


See the Facebook Event for details.



Bokeh Fashion Film Festival comes to Cape Town


Bokeh Fashion Film Festival


The Bokeh Festival is South Africa’s first Fashion Film Festival. It will be hosted in Cape Town in June 2014 and entrance is free. As the creative hub of sub Saharan Africa, Cape Town is the perfect city to host Africa’s first Fashion Film Festival. Launching in the same year the city is World design Capital adds gravitas to this auspicious event. The city is already a top destination for fashion shoots and a prime location for international film crews and has a wealth of local talent in both the fashion and film industries. This even provides the opportunity to marry these two thriving industries in the city.


Friday and Saturday from 10am.


Remember to Register for daytime events.


See the programme for a full list of events and like the Facebook Page for updates.



Saturday, 7 June


No Everything, an exhibition of new work by Rowan Smith opens at WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery


Rowan Smith


With this latest body of work, Smith employs complex mixed media sculpture and found objects in order to examine the tension between South Africa’s past and present in relation to shifting class identities, globalized economy, and the experience of the everyday. Opening within a month of South Africa’s national elections, the exhibition examines the complexities and contradictions of contemporary South Africa two decades after seemingly transitioning non-violently into post-apartheid. This is a condition defined early-on by an alternating sense of rapprochement and amnesia embedded in ideological nationalist constructs.


1 Argyle Street, Cape Town from 11am – 2pm.


See for more information.



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